Cool tip, you can see a few of 's neighbors in this really cool fediverse graph. The closer two servers are to each other in the graph the more often the users talk to each other. The graph at this link shows all the servers interacts with most.

fediverse.space/instance/qoto.

What feature would you like to see the Admin's at add to our mastodon instance next?

If you don't see what you'd want in the poll just comment it down below instead.

According to Instances.social QOTO currently federates with 5,532 other instances in the fediverse. You might ask how it is possible that that number is larger than the total number of instances known (108% of all instances, 5,114 instances total).

Thats because not only do we federate with all instances and have one of the largest views of the entire fediverse, but we have been doing this so long we even have old connections with instances that have since shutdown.

Furthermore invests a lot on infrastructure to ensure that we retain a cache of **all** toots from around the fediverse and we enable full-text search. This means our users are able to search more of the fediverse, even servers that have since shutdown still have their toots in our archives.

It costs us a lot in hosting costs but thanks to generous donators and a large fund we can provide these services long into the future. We think it is worth it, and we hope you will too!

instances.social/qoto.org

2,637 accounts
+6 in the last day
+14 in the last week

By popular demand the user bot now reports on both all-time instance graphs and weekly graphs.

By popular demand the user bot now reports on both all-time instance graphs and weekly graphs.

In case you didnt know, is a non-profit organization. Not only that no one who works for is paid, not even the founder.

Despite that we have a very generous donation fund. We can currently afford to host all QOTO services, give each user a TB quota, run on production level load balanced redundant server architecture, and still have enough in our donation fund to operate for at least a decade.

This is all due to the hard work of our volunteers and the generous nature of our donators. We do this with a pledge to no advertising and never selling your data..

So don't feel guilty, claim your free accounts and enjoy. We love to see how the members of our community enrich us all. It is why the volunteers like myself and the whole team do this!

WOW according to our new user bot has 34 new users this week and its barely half way through Monday. So exciting, we cant wait to get to know the new additions to our family!

Just a reminder that we offer the following free services to all of our users with up to 1 TB quota for free.

Also we never advertise or collect any of your data!

NextCloud - cloud.qoto.org

GitLab - git.qoto.org

GitLab pages (including user hosted pages) - https://*.qoto.io

FunkWhale - audio.qoto.org

PeerTube - video.qoto.org

Discourse - discourse.qoto.org

Just a reminder. All of 's free services including NextCloud, FunkWhale, PeerTube, and Gitlab have some quota restrictions to new users.

Any user with a QOTO account or who is active and established on another one of our servers, may request a quota upgrade for free. In most cases we can provide each user with a TB of space or more.

Thanks to our very generous donations we are currently funded to keep the lights on for many years into the future. So just ask for your free quota upgrade and we can usually take care of it for you.

Currently the User Count Bot displays a single graph twice a day that represents all server stats for the last two years. Would it be useful to configure it to also post stats for other time periods as well, like the last week? That means it will post a bit more often as well.

Mastodon hint:

Don't like to see toots in languages you don't understand?

Just Go into your Settings -> Preferences -> Other then select whichever languages you know under "Filter Languages".

I'd like to hear any feedback about the bots now that we reactivated them. Please leave comments below to tell us if you like them or not, or how you'd like us to handle bots. There is also a poll for all you introverts.

notice: Sorry one of our bots, hackernews, was far more verbose than we realized. It has now been set to unlisted so as to minimize noise on the federated and local timelines.

Just a little note about bots.

We just revived our old bots over at QOTO. You can find a list of the bots at the end of this post

One note: The arXiv bots are very noisy. As such we set them up to only go off once a day, in the middle of the night when the server usage is minimal. This should reduce any spam and not bury the posts of other users in the timeline.

@time - Toots the time every 15 minutes, unlisted so wont show int he home timeline unless you follow it.

@HN - Posts hacker news every 3 hours except when the server isn't active.

@arxiv_stats - Posts new arXiv papers on Statistics

@arxiv_bio - Posts new arXiv papers on Quantitative Biology

@arxiv_math - Posts new arXiv papers on Mathematics

@arxiv_eess - Posts new arXiv papers on Electrical Engineering & Systems Science

@arxiv_physics - Posts new arXiv papers on Physics

@arxiv_stats - Posts new arXiv papers on Statistics.

@starfleet - an auto-follow bot that follows people from around the fediverse in order to increase QOTO's federation.

Did you know provides free personalized mailing lists to all its users through our server?

Each category on our discourse server is bound to an incoming email address like lists+qoto@qoto.org . Anyone who sends an e-mail to one of these addresses will automatically have the content of that email posted as a new topic in that category. Similarly people can reply to the emails as well. You can even configure your account so you never need to login to discourse at all and just use it like a traditional mailing list.

We provide a special category on our server called "projects". Anyone on our server can request a category as their own personal project space. Aside from being able to control the content within your own project space you also get your own customized e-mail address to act as a mailing list. This is useful for open-source project managers who want a way to provide technical support via email, but it can be used on non-technical projects as well.

If your interested just post a request in the projects category on our Discourse server found here: discourse.qoto.org/c/PROJ

A reminder to all users that by default you will **not** show up in the user directory. If you want to increase your exposure and follower count you may want to consider having your account listed in the user directory.

Also if your listing yourself in our user directory be sure to add any Hash tag's to your profile that describe your interests. This should help people follow you.

To be listed int he user directory simply go to settings -> profile and make sure you check the box labeled "List this account on the directory" then save your changes.

For all those who feel this would be a bad idea; it would be really helpful if you spoke up and expressed why you feel it might be a bad idea. The reasons it might be a good idea are obvious but the reasons it might be a bad idea are less obvious. As such it would be really helpful for moving the conversation forward.

Would you like to see ArXiv and other non-commercial STEM-specific bots brought back online here at .

It has been offline for some time but I still have the scripts to bring it online. You can see an example of the type of content it used to post here:

qoto.org/web/accounts/8917

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